Director of Capital Planning

NYC Department of City Planning
New York City, NY
United States
May 15, 2017
Professional Area: 
Budgeting and Operations
Community Development
GIS / Technology
Infrastructure Planning
Public Policy
Experience: 
7-10 years
Salary Range: 
125,000-140,000

THE AGENCY

The Department of City Planning (DCP) plans for the strategic growth and development of the City through ground-up planning with communities, the development of land use policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide and by sharing its perspectives on growth and community needs with sister agencies in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DCP’s six strategic objectives include: (a) to catalyze long-term neighborhood improvement through integrated planning and targeted accompanying public investments; (b) encourage housing production, affordability, and quality; (c) promote economic development and job growth; (d) enhance resiliency and sustainability of neighborhoods; (e) ensure integrity, timeliness and responsiveness in land use reviews; and, (f) supply objective data and expertise to a broad range of planning functions and stakeholders.

Central to its mission, DCP supports the City Planning Commission in its annual review of approximately 450 land use applications. The Department also works closely with OMB in developing the Ten-Year Capital Strategy, and helping administer the $1.0 billion Neighborhood Development Fund, geared toward ensuring growing neighborhoods undergoing rezoning have accompanying infrastructure investments.

The New York City Department of City Planning is a great place to work – cultivating intellectual inspiration, professional development and creativity. Visit our website at www.nyc.gov/planning to access the full listing of job opportunities and to learn more about our great agency.

THE DIVISION

We’re working to foster better, more collaborative capital planning through data and technology.

City agencies are planning to invest nearly $96 billion in New York City’s infrastructure and buildings over the next decade. The mission of DCP is to plan for the future of New York City. The Capital Planning team, established in 2014, is working to support strategic capital investment planning across City agencies by building new data products, disseminating data-driven planning analytics, and reforming and developing interagency capital investment programs.

Our work spans the lifecycle of capital investment in New York City:

  • We inform capital budget priorities, jointly developing the City’s Ten-Year Capital Strategy with the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and evaluating the impact that capital investments can have on neighborhoods and citywide planning priorities.
  • We work alongside planners in the City’s capital agencies and DCP’s Borough Offices to shape specific projects in neighborhoods, managing a $1+ billion Neighborhood Development Fund that is dedicated to projects that complement neighborhood rezonings.
  • We build data products that help create a common operational picture for planning across disparate City agencies, building on DCP’s rich history of data innovation.
  • We develop web applications like the NYC Facilities Explorer and Capital Planning Platform that expand the realm of professionals and New Yorkers that can engage with City data, dramatically increasing efficiency and collaboration in the capital planning process.

We are a diverse, tight-knit team of planners, engineers, management consultants, geographers, and technologists operating in a fast-paced environment to radically improve the use of data analytics in capital planning, budget prioritization and decision-making.

THE ROLE

The Director of Capital Planning is responsible for integrating planning perspectives into the City’s capital budget planning and decision-making process. The ideal candidate is a visionary public entrepreneur who fosters interagency collaboration, excels at change management, can advance data-driven planning analyses that inform decision-making, and most importantly, will lead a multi-talented team. S/he has experience in capital planning and budget-making, infrastructure and facility planning, and ideally has had prior experience working with multiple government agencies in the City of New York.

The Director of Capital Planning will be passionate about city planning, the betterment of New York City neighborhoods, and advancing the adoption of new technologies in city planning and government. The ideal candidate will be capable of guiding the development and delivery of data products, analytical tools, planning analyses, and presentations to the senior most members of government. S/he will have a proven track record of managing interdisciplinary teams, and will demonstrate extensive experience in building lasting partnerships inside and outside their organization to extend their team’s reach.

The outcomes that the Director of Capital Planning will influence include:

  • The alignment of the City’s capital budget and Ten-Year Capital Strategy to planning imperatives related to population and employment growth across NYC neighborhoods, increased risks from sea level rise and climate change, and the distinctive needs of diverse neighborhoods and communities across the five boroughs;
  • The widespread adoption, regular use and enhancement of the data, maps, analytics, and tools of the Capital Planning Platform within DCP and across government agencies, significantly improving the quality of data inputs in the capital planning process, increasing government efficiency in capital planning and project development, and maximizing opportunities for interagency collaboration and neighborhood-based planning;
  • The allocation of the $1+ billion Neighborhood Development Fund to new and improved parks, streets, community facilities, utilities, and other public investments in neighborhoods that are the subject of comprehensive community planning efforts and rezonings, including East Harlem, the Bay Street Corridor in Downtown Staten Island, Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, and several others in the years to come;
  • The creation and siting of new community facilities across the City in which public facilities and program sites - found in the NYC Facilities Explorer - are co-located with schools and affordable housing developments;
  • The establishment of new, more collaborative and data-driven capital planning processes in the two dozen City agencies responsible for capital investments, including new and enhanced means of measuring the economic, social, and environmental benefits of public investments; and
  • The development of a broader and deeper understanding of the dynamics and complexities of capital investment planning in NYC among New Yorkers, Community Boards, and the planning community more broadly through greater transparency and open analytics.

 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the Capital Planning team, including the Senior Program Manager, Community Facilities Planner, Senior Analysts, Senior Technologist, and Product Managers
  • Lead interagency adoption and ongoing improvement of the Capital Planning Platform, including its inaugural explorer, the NYC Facilities Explorer, the most comprehensive interactive map of government facilities and program sites that shape the quality of NYC neighborhoods, including 35,000+ records from 50 City, State, and Federal agency data sources - a site that nearly 5,000 people have used since it went live in March 2017.   Additional components of the platform under construction include interactive maps of capital projects and new residential developments in NYC. Several other automated planning tools to support capital and operational planning across government agencies are also expected to be generated from this division, derived from feedback from planners across the City.
  • Guide the integration of capital planning and public investments into comprehensive community plans and rezonings, including the use of the Neighborhood Development Fund, partnering with the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Housing and Economic Development, OMB, NYCEDC and the borough offices of DCP.
  • Collaborate and jointly develop of the City’s Ten-Year Capital Strategy with the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), partnering with OMB Task Forces and City agencies in the planning process and co-authoring the Strategy with OMB.
  • Serve as a resource to DCP’s five borough offices and central planning divisions, providing data analyses and information to inform neighborhood planning and infrastructure, along with the review of land use applications, and helping to coordinate with the City’s capital agencies.
  • Ensure the Capital Planning division maintains strong working relationships with more than two dozen Mayoral agencies and City Hall, advancing the integration of DCP planning perspectives into interagency capital planning and decision-making processes.
  • Oversee the management of complex, priority planning projects that require multiple team members, DCP divisions, and sister agencies, and identify new opportunities to support the broader DCP work program and planning priorities across City agencies.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and openness within DCP and across the City’s capital planning agencies.
  • Advance the division’s talent development program, including skills training resources for division staff, and recruiting new Capital Planning interns and full-time staff.
  • Refine the work program of the Capital Planning division (priorities have been established for 2017; the division undertakes bi-annual and monthly priority-setting reviews).
  • Other responsibilities to be defined on the job.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • A minimum of 7-10+ years professional experience managing complex projects and teams
  • Exceptional analytical, entrepreneurial, and talent development skills that have made lasting impacts on organizational effectiveness
  • Experience collaborating with a variety of government agencies, including planning, budgetary, and executive staff, ideally in the City of New York
  • A deep understanding of the dynamics of infrastructure development and neighborhood planning in the City of New York, including both the players and processes involved, and the range of economic, social, and environmental benefits that capital investments can have
  • A proven track record of instigating and managing organizational change, including significant changes to organizational workflows, structures, and cultures
  • Ability to influence without direct authority, including driving results through others
  • Ability to work effectively and build credibility across all levels of an organization, from the most senior executive to the most junior analyst
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • Experience in client services, either in government or in the private sector
  • Master's degree in relevant field

TO APPLY:  ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE NYC JOBS WEBSITE

Go to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/                

  • Search for job ID number: 288621
  • Click on the job business title: Director of Capital Planning
  • Click on “Apply Now” at the bottom of the posting

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.

The candidate selected for this position must be a resident of the City of New York or become a resident within three months of appointment.

Authorization to work in the United States is required for this position.

Sponsorship is not available for this position.

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND A COPY OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS IS AVAILABLE IN THE HUMAN CAPITAL DIVISION. THE DEPARTMENT MAKES AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED APPLICANTS.

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